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    June 18th, 2012 @ 6:58 am by Kevin

    It’s called Rethinking Hell. If you don’t know what Conditional Immortality is, that’s all the more reason to visit the site. In a nutshell, it’s the view that eternal life is a gift that is only granted to those who are in Christ. Everyone else simply stays dead.

    Of course, there are a couple of slight variations on this view. Some Conditionalists believe everyone will be resurrected, but only the righteous will receive eternal life. The rest will be annihilated. Some also believe that annihilation will be preceded by punishment.

    Just goes to show that nothing is as simply as it appears at first glance…

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  1. conditional immortality. on the one hand, it has a little bit of a heart: it doesn’t want to see most of humanity burning in hell forever. on the other hand, god also appears to lose in this philosophy, because he still does lose the majority of the human race.

  2. I agree David, I find that somewhat encouraging– this movement in the direction of compassion. I remember when John Stott came out with this view, and was very intrigued. It certainly got me thinking as Kevin said, maybe this is not as clear cut as I thought since here is this devout believer and brilliant mind that has just jettisoned ECT.

    There is a move coming out on this view based on the life-story of Edward Fudge called “Hell and Mr. Fudge”: http://vimeo.com/29758223

    But I do think the annihilationist view falls short of the many trajectories we are given in Scripture of the ultimate victory of Christ not being a final destruction of the wicked but rather the restoration of all mankind and death being defeated. (Ez 16, Isa 19)

    “Annihilation itself is no death to evil. Only good where evil was is evil dead. An evil thing must live with its evil until it chooses to be good. That alone is the slaying of evil.” (George MacDonald in “Lilith”)


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